The Yogi and the Buddha
Firm Back and Soft Front | Friday 2-5pm
In order to sit, it is important to have a strong back and soft front. Along the spinal column are long powerful muscles that are often compressed and tight. In this class, we practice movements that open, stretch, twist and expand the long muscles that span the length of the spine. This brings lightness, ease and clarity to the central channel of the subtle body.
From Inside-Out: Practice for the Core | Saturday 9:30-12pm
The aim of yoga practice is to build a strong yet pliable interior core. The challenge in yoga is to bring lightness and lift to the core without tightening or causing unnecessary constriction. One of the primary aims of this class is to mindfully build core stability. We do this through balancing poses for the arms and legs. This immersion helps cultivate the deepest vitality in the body while cultivating feelings of levity and grace.
Supple Hips, Quiet Mind | Saturday 1:30-4pm
It is important for students of yoga to have open hips in order to be still, stable and centered in seated meditation. This class is an immersion to generate fluidity in the hips through both mobilization and stabilization techniques. Tias guides a series of movements to stretch, unwind and free the powerful musculature around the hips.
The Middle Way of the Body and the Buddha | Sunday 9:30-12pm
The Middle Way is a place free from extremes, extremes that polarize and isolate and cause imbalance. The Middle Way path is accessible mystically and physiologically as our central axis through the body. One of the names for the mid line is the Madhya Nadi or middle channel. This class works deep with the spine—the vertebrae, the discs and surrounding musculature– to harmonize and illuminate the central channel.
Developing Diamond Mind and Spacious Heart | Sunday 1:30-4pm
One of the aims of yoga is to embody loving kindness (metta) and to develop a “ diamond mind” that clings to nothing. This class aims to cultivate a vast open heart and a crystal clear awareness, one that has the power to cut through all obsessiveness and delusion. Our particular focus will be the Buddha’s central theme regarding the inexpressible nature of the highest wisdom. This class includes meditation, dharma study and a light sequence of yoga postures.